Free SHS: Bechem PRESEC parent demands investigation after child allegedly beaten up over food charges

A parent of a Bechem Presbyterian Senior High School (PRESEC) student has called for an investigation into the beating of her son by a teacher.

The said assault resulted in her ward being hospitalized at Bechem Government Hospital in Tano South Municipality of Ahafo Region.

Dr. Eric Nkansah (R) is Director General of the Ghana Education Service. Source: Ghana Education Service/Presbyterian Senior High School Bechem
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The Ghana News Agency reported that her son was beaten for failing to pay some alleged dinner expenses, despite the existence of the Free Senior High School policy.

The woman, Lawrinda Yeboah, said her son was beaten along with five other students on Tuesday evening, January 30, 2024.

She called on the Ghana Education Service to investigate the matter after requesting further checks on school teachers to confirm the incident.

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The Tano South Municipal Education Directorate said the school principal had officially informed the directorate of the incident and promised to investigate.

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